The Brownwood Lionettes are working up an appetite for the Big Apple.
The Lionettes have been invited to perform in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, thanks to receiving the designation of All-American team based on their performance at the American Dance/Drill Team camp hosted by SMU June 28-30.
"I've had a few girls audition and been All-American dancers, four participated in the Macy's Parade and two went to the Capital One Bowl, but I've never had the whole team chosen," said Lionette Drill Team sponsor Stacee Hetzel. "When they announced as an All-American team, the Brownwood High School Lionettes, I think I just sat in the chair. I don't think it registered. I thought to myself that they're awesome and I adore them, but I was just floored. I know they're great, but sometimes when you go places and teams have 80 girls, we can seem like a shadow. But we stepped up and made a good impression and I'm so excited."
Five members of the team also auditioned and were selected All-American —Destiny Muenzler, Bethany Pittman, Alexis Garcia, Shania Dixon and Alex Hetzel.
Dancers are placed in different classes each day during the American Dance/Drill Team camp and have the opportunity to earn a red ribbon, which means the dancer demonstrated memory skills, precision and performed as top notch dancer, according to Hetzel. Those who earn red ribbons in their respective classes can audition for All-American dancer.
"It's optional and can be really stressful," Hetzel said. "They have to learn 11 full dances in less than three days, and one is dancing in a group of about three of four. It's very demanding."
While the entire Lionette team is eligible to make the trip to New York, funds are required to make that dream a reality. As a group, the Lionettes are hoping to raise $25,000 before the Sept. 15 cutoff date. The cost to simply register online is $400 per girl, then hotel rooms, meals and costumes push the price to $1,850. Each girl is also responsible for her own plane ticket, as well as any spending cash. Hetzel stated the girls are aiming to raise $2,500 to $3,000 apiece.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 12 of the 24 members of the Lionette drill team had registered for the trip. Unfortunately, the number of Lionettes who will appear in the parade is based on the number who can pay the fee, according to Hetzel.
However, several fundraisers have been schedule to help generate enough money to send the entire team to New York.
The Lionettes will sell baked good and brisket wraps at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, while on Aug. 20 a Bunco night has been planned at Grand Starz Ballroom with an entry fee of $10 per person. Also, an account has been established at the main branch of TexasBank on Fisk Avenue for those who wish to donate to the cause. Proceeds for this week's Little Lionettes camp will also be used toward the trip.
Hetzel added more fundraisers are in the works in the coming weeks.